New signing Danny Johnson has vowed to become Motherwell’s next scoring sensation.
The 25-year-old has arrived from Vanarama National League side Gateshead after three goal-laden years with the Tynesiders saw him net 53 times across 85 starts.
Former Well striker Louis Moult enjoyed a similarly prolific stint in Lanarkshire before making a £500,000 switch to Preston and now Johnson wants to continue his hot streak in Scotland.
“I’m very excited to join the club,” he said after signing a two-year deal. “It’s the next stage I’ve been working hard for. I feel I have progressed in the last few years.
“Motherwell, having reached two cup finals last season, are a club only going in one direction and I want to be part of that.
“When I am asked what I bring to a team, people get bored of me saying ‘goals’. But I know the team create a lot of chances, so I firmly believe when I get the chance, I will put the ball in the back of the net.
“As soon as the manager Stephen Robinson rang, it all happened very quickly. I didn’t need to think hard about it. It sold itself. I knew I had to come. I wanted to come.”
The Middlesbrough-born player came through the youth ranks at his local side and with neighbours Hartlepool, before spending time with Real Murcia in Spain.
A prolific year with Guisborough, where he scored an astonishing 56 goals in a single campaign, attracted interest from several clubs and he eventually signed for Cardiff.
A couple of loan spells with both Tranmere and Stevenage followed before he returned to the North East with Gateshead, where he was previously a teammate of current Well forward Ryan Bowman at the International Stadium.
“We are delighted to add Danny to the team,” Robinson said. “He will add to our options up top and give us another goal-scoring threat.
“Danny has scored a lot of goals in the last few years and comes in from a level where we have signed a lot of players in recent times who have done very well for the club.”